Sunday, September 20, 2009

In the Wings: Our Town. Meet Larry Sommers, the director.


Larry Sommers directs Our Town, the first production of the 2009-2010 Civic Youth Theatre season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Thornton Wilder.

Larry said people's understanding of Our Town may evolve over time.

"A person can appreciate Our Town in one way as a kid and another way as an adult," he said. "Once you've had children or lost a family member, the show has an entirely new meaning to it.

"People fly through life but don't stop to notice details. We tend to take for granted the moments we have with each other. When Emily Webb - played by Sydney Cason in this production - relives one day in her past in the third act, she begs her mother to stop doing everyday chores for a moment and take time just to look at her."

Larry concluded by praising all 21 actors in the cast, who range in age from 9 to 18.

"Audiences will remember the performances in this production," he said. "They will be struck by the level of understanding this cast has about the show and the characters."

Our Town runs from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 7:00 p.m.; the show on Sunday afternoon begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

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